Intelligence is our core business at MI6. Perhaps your passion
is for learning about people and what makes people tick? Or maybe
you have a strong desire to work overseas and understand other
cultures and/or languages? Alternatively, maybe you want to make a
real difference by briefing Ministers and senior officials on
issues of strategic importance to British national security? If so,
then MI6 may be just the right place for you. MI6 - or the Secret
Intelligence Service as we are otherwise known - offers a wide
range of fascinating and unique roles both overseas and in London.
And you might be just the person we are looking for.
As an intelligence officer your focus could be to understand and
communicate the UK's defence, security and economic priorities to
the rest of SIS. This means liaising with interlocutors from
government departments, such as No. 10 or Cabinet Office. It means
finding out about the Government's priorities, distilling these
into intelligence 'requirements' and working with SIS colleagues to
ensure that we gather the intelligence that can inform government
decision-making. Once the 'raw' intelligence is collected your role
is then to check to its veracity before briefing Ministers and
Alternatively, you may be involved in undertaking a substantial
targeting effort to find new leads or new angles on an intractable
intelligence issue. This involves in-depth analysis from a wide
range of sources and working with partners in the intelligence
community, GCHQ and the Security Service (MI5). Then you will work
in collaboration with Case Officers to turn these new leads into
operations - in person or online - taking into account the
opportunities and the risks.
Or you could take on a role working on the ground as a Case
Officer, recruiting new agents or running existing ones, building
on existing long term relationships or developing new ones. This
involves working both within the UK and overseas and using your
excellent people skills to engage with a wide range of people from
all walks of life, to help them gather the intelligence needed to
keep our country safe and secure.
To succeed in these roles, we are looking for people from a wide
range of backgrounds that will enable us to perform our operational
roles effectively. People who are unique, but also discreet and who
can blend in irrespective of the setting. We are looking for people
who have good intellectual skills; a 2.1 degree or a 2.2
degree and relevant work experience. There are
opportunities for recent graduates and for people who are looking
for a career change after gaining experience elsewhere first. Some
experience in learning a foreign language is desirable, but not
Whatever your background you will have the opportunity to use
your existing skills and develop new ones. After an initial
induction course, you will get the chance to participate in further
training depending on your skills and interests. You will have the
opportunity to work in London and overseas, receiving language
training where appropriate. And as your career develops you will be
able to move into management and operational leaderships. You will
receive a competitive salary and additional allowances depending on
Contrary to some people's pre-conceptions, there isn't an MI6
'type'. The Service strives for diversity in the work place and is
committed to the creation and maintenance of a climate in which all
staff are treated fairly on the grounds of merit and ability. We
judge you solely by the value that you can add to our work. The
Service is also proud to be a member of the Stonewall Diversity
Champions Programme in recognition of its commitment to equality of
opportunity regardless of sexual orientation.
Are you an experienced professional?
Alongside Intelligence Officer entry, SIS also has a small
number of openings for direct entrants into more senior operational
and operational management positions.
We are interested to receive applications from experienced
candidates with over 15 years professional success, overseas
experience and established language skills.
You must be a British passport holder.
To be considered, please send a CV and descriptive covering
letter to Recruitment Dept, PO Box 73517, London W12 2FB.
Only successful candidates will be contacted.
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